ERIC Number: ED075606
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972
Reference Count: 0
A Summary Report of the Study "Areas of Concern in Technical Institute Accreditation."
Mellinger, Barry L.
To identify areas of concern in technical institute accreditation, 69 reports encompassing 1,631 comments of accreditation evaluation teams of two regional and four specialized accrediting agencies were analyzed. In addition, a survey of the opinions of officials in 93 technical institutes in the regions served by two regional accrediting agencies was conducted. Based on the relative frequency of comments in accreditation evaluation team reports, technical institutes appeared to have common weaknesses in complying with accreditation requirements, including: (1) inadequate library holdings, (2) inadequate or limited physical facilities, (3) excessive teaching loads, and (4) failure to develop, clearly define, and adhere to formal policies and procedures within the institution. The survey of technical institute officials revealed that the officials generally felt that regional accrediting agencies did not fully understand the philosophy, purposes, and operational characteristics of the institutes. Major challenges identified by the institute officials included: (1) reconciling conflicting expectations between accrediting agencies and other agencies, (2) successfully developing appropriate physical facilities, student activities, and faculty and student loads, and (3) developing effective criteria and procedures for faculty and staff evaluation and promotion. (SB)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Accreditation (Institutions), Administrative Policy, Educational Facilities, Evaluation Criteria, Postsecondary Education, Program Evaluation, Program Improvement, Teaching Load, Technical Education, Technical Institutes, Vocational Education
Commission on Colleges, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, 795 Peachtree St., NE, Atlanta, Ga 30308 (no price quoted)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Atlanta, GA. Commission on Colleges.